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Gloucestershire Older Persons Association - Promoting Dignity, Care, Health and Independent Living

Gloucestershire Adults Community and Wellbeing Survey

Gloucestershire County Council is conducting a survey to gather the views of adults about what is available and valuable within their community to keep them well and independent.  The results of this survey will help them to understand how people use their community and how we might shape this in the future.  

This survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. It can be filled in online or on a paper copy. You don’t need to answer all the questions, only the ones that apply to you. They are not asking for your name or other personal details so your answers will remain anonymous. 

Please click here to open the survey:


All completed surveys will be collected by Friday 21st July 2017  for analysis. After that they won’t be able to collect any more surveys. 

This questionnaire is being carried out with assistance from iMPOWER, an organisation who specialise in helping public sector bodies, like the council, improve their offer to local people.

 If you have any questions about the survey, would like to order paper copies or would like it in another format, e.g. another language or in large print, please ring 01452 328167 (Monday- Friday 9am-5pm ) or email


General Election 2017: Priority actions for better later lives

Priority Action has launched their  General Election 2017 manifesto: Priority actions for better later lives   By 2024, more than one in four of us will be over 60. Our longer lives are one of society’s greatest achievements. But while many already enjoy a good later life, others risk ill health, poverty and loneliness. At the same time, many in mid-life are struggling to get by and aren’t in a position to think about or plan for later life.   The next government has an opportunity to address the challenges and seize the opportunities of an ageing population, to ensure everyone enjoys a good later life. However, doing so will require a whole-of-government approach to create more age-friendly homes, workplaces and communities and opportunities for people to stay healthy, remain independent and contribute throughout their life.   With a concerted effort from government, Priority Action believe they can make the UK the best country to grow old in. Priority Action want to see the next government implement our three point plan for better later lives:

  1. Age-friendly places
  2. Age-friendly economy
  3. Healthy ageing

How’s your prostate?

A5 Poster for Stroud PSA event 2017This maybe a strange title for one of our posts but A lot of otherwise healthy men get prostate cancer

– many with no symptoms

– and over 11,000 die of it every year!

  are you aged between 50 and 75?  or 40+ with a close relative who’s had prostate cancer?

If so ask your GP for a test ….. or come for a confidential FREE PSA blood test

at Marling School. Cainscross Road. Stroud, Glos GL5 4HE

0n Wednesday 31 May between 6pm and 8:30pm

For further details please utilise the link below

A5 Poster for Stroud PSA event 2017

South West Seniors’ Network and GOPA Conference

GOPA in association with the South West Seniors Network held a conference on the 10th of march at the Kingsholm Rugby ground entitled

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN LATER LIFE – reducing social isolation in Gloucestershire

The Conference aimed to bring together health and social care professionals with older people who may not be connected to the statutory and voluntary services.  The conference had over 50 attendees

The speakers were Mary Morgan (GCCG Commissioner for Adult Services)

whose presentation is available via the link below:


Rob Fountain (AUKG), whose presentation was too large to host on this site, gave a presentation entitled, Beyond Befriending: (Re)Creating Connected Communities and Amanda Cooper from Adult Education in Gloucestershire who presented on how they are addressing social isolation with a digital technology project.

There was also a local actor John Bassett who,  working with members of an Ageing Well group, dramatised scenarios about the issue of loneliness and social isolation.  The group had contributed their own thoughts to John’s ‘script’ and monologue.

After an excellent lunch there was a demonstration of Egyptian belly dancing by a group called Egyptian Spirit showing how belly dancing can assist in mobility and social isolation

Some photographs of the day can be accessed via the following link!AldfpsHw_z-dpiQwgqHGtdg0PtzU

we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and agencies that supported this conference and made it such a success.

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